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An artist must possess Nature.
by Henri Matisse

An artist must possess Nature.
He must identify himself with her rhythm,
by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will
later enable him to express himself in his own language.
- Henri Matisse

I don't paint things.
I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse

Time extracts various values from a painter's work.
When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten,
and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
- Henri Matisse

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

 

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
- Henri Matisse

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
- Henri Matisse

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse

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Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches
of a tree so that it will grow better.
- Henri Matisse

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
- Henri Matisse

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work,
from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
- Henri Matisse

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened.
If she has character, that is.
And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.
- Henri Matisse

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature.
You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before
you start walking on a tightrope.
- Henri Matisse

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
- Henri Matisse

I do not literally paint that table,
but the emotion it produces upon me.
- Henri Matisse

In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
- Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative
painter than to paint a rose,
because before he can do so he has first to forget
all the roses that were ever painted.
- Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.
- Henri Matisse

I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
- Henri Matisse

Work cures everything.
- Henri Matisse

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
- Henri Matisse

Exactitude is not truth.
- Henri Matisse

My curves are not crazy.
- Henri Matisse

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision
which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
- Henri Matisse

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
- Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light
and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing
myself through light or rather in light.
- Henri Matisse

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
- Henri Matisse

He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices;
he is free and nothing holds him back.
- Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse

An artist must never be a prisoner.
Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself,
prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation,
prisoner of success, etc.
- Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete.
It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within
the drunkard or love is within the lover.
- Henri Matisse

What I dream of is an art of balance,
of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter -
a soothing,
calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair
which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
- Henri Matisse

I don't know whether I believe in God or not.
I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist.
But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame
of mind which is close to that of prayer.
- Henri Matisse

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.
- James Huneker

I am isolated as an artist, not as a person.
- Howard Hodgkin


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